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Sudan Travel Warning

Issued by US Department of State

Jul 10, 2002

This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Sudan dated October 5, 2001, to inform Americans of increased concerns about the security situation in Sudan.

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens against all travel to Sudan. In addition to the ongoing civil war that affects both southern and eastern Sudan, the government of Sudan's control over its police and soldiers may be limited.

Fighting continues between Sudanese government forces, the Sudan Peoples' Liberation Army (SPLA), and various militias in the south of the country, including in the oil-producing region of Upper Nile. Rebels have made threats against foreigners working in the oil industry in Upper Nile. In addition, there is rebel activity around Kassala, in Southern Blue Nile, and in the Nuba Mountains. At least one American relief worker has been beaten and falsely accused of espionage. Other Americans have been held hostage. Travel into opposition-held areas of Sudan requires a specific travel permit from the SPLA or other rebel movement controlling the territory.

Although a U.S. consular officer makes periodic visits to Sudan, the officer's ability to provide consular services, including emergency assistance, is severely limited.

U.S. citizens who, despite this Travel Warning, remain in or travel to Sudan should keep a low profile and stay alert to developments. Avoid large crowds and other situations in which anti-American sentiments may be expressed.

U.S. citizens are encouraged to register with local employees at the U.S. Embassy in Khartoum located at Sharia Ali Abdul Latif, and to obtain updated information on travel and security in Sudan. The mailing address is P.O. Box 699, Khartoum; telephone (249)(11) 774-700 and 774-611; fax 774-137. The U.S. consular officer can be contacted via the consular section in Khartoum or directly at the U.S. Embassy Cairo; telephone (20)(2) 795-7371; e-mail: The workweek in Cairo and Khartoum is Sunday through Thursday. Information on services available for residents of Sudan may be found on U.S. Embassy Cairo's web site:

For further general information regarding travel to Sudan, U.S. citizens should consult the Department of State's Consular Information Sheet for Sudan, available via the Internet at

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